Since I was bored earlier, I decided to try something that I have been meaning to do for a while, install Quartus II Web Edition on my Ubuntu 12.04.1 laptop. I should point out that for University work, I use Quartus II Web 9.0 on Windows 7 on both my desktop and laptop (dual boot). Why version 9.0 you might ask? Yes its ancient now, but for my Electronics Laboratories we use FLEX10K devices and Waveform simulation, both of which where removed in the subsequent 9.1 (No FLEX10K) and 10+ versions (No FLEX10K or Waveform).
So I searched on google to download the version I needed, but guess what, turns out back in those days Linux support was subscription only, and I am not going to fork out for an Altera License now. Summing up my options, I could either go for 9.1 which had Waveform simulation or go for the most recent version 12.1 which requires you to use testbenching or some other simulation technique.
In the end, I opted for 12.1, might as well learn how to use the most up to date tools, it can only help me in the future! I can always boot Windows 7 if I need to use the older version. I downloaded the altera installer and it is now currently running. I am guessing the install won’t be a smooth one, since Ubuntu is not a supported platform but I am up for the challenge! Since its only for design labs, USB Blaster and other tools don’t need to work fully so how hard can it be!
I will report back in a few hours or tomorrow after the install finishes.
EDIT: Reading around, it appears that the Waveform simulator is bundled into the package but it is hidden! Well at least that is one problem sorted before the install finishes. Its downloading as fast as the line will go, Altera must have some nice bandwidth on their end 🙂